Muslim Lawyer Proposes Using Cyber-bullying Laws to Outlaw Blasphemy


This is so wrong on so many levels. This is a gross abuse of laws that were meant to deal with individual harassment to eliminate freedom of speech and religious freedom on behalf of Islamic theocracy.

Dr. Qasim Rashid argued that cyber-bullying laws could be used to limit freedom of expression – such as the burning of Korans — in war time:

“Most, if not all of you are familiar with the 2011 case where Terry Jones, a pastor from Florida, burned a Koran on March 20, 2011, and this event itself provides a prime example of the gap that advanced technology caused in America’s free speech model,” Rashid said.

“So in addition to placing a big sign on his church lawn that said Islam is the devil, Jones burned the Koran, screened it live on the Internet and put in layman’s translations so that people in war-torn [areas] in particular can see what he’s doing,” he continued.  “Now like the hypothetical KKK member who might burn a cross on his black neighbor’s lawn to target him specifically, Jones did the exact same thing by burning the Koran — broadcast it and targeted Muslims in a war- torn country…to target them specifically.”

Qasim Rashid is practicing to be a lawyer, but he’s not very good at it. The essence here is individual targeting. Burning a cross on your own property and broadcasting it over the internet is not a crime. Burning a cross on someone else’s property in order to harass them is.

Rashid is trying to pretend that the two are the same. And Rashid is further trying to claim some international notion of hate crimes in which people in other countries who feel upset by some message in the United States can cry havoc and let loose the legal dogs of war.

Cyberbullying laws also do not apply to groups, they apply to the specific targeting of individuals. Otherwise nearly all free speech that offends someone would be outlawed.

Using the Koran burning as an example, Rashid said that cyber-bullying legislation could be used to prosecute individuals for their speech on a case-by-case basis.

“My argument is that we already have legislation, right?” he said.  “I mean, we already have a cyber-bullying policy in all 50 states that even without the threat of violence – even without violence occurring, we’re already holding individuals responsible for this intentional infliction of harm on others.”

“So I think that legislation’s already there,” Rashid said.  “It’s just more a question of how is it going to be applied.”

Cyber-bullying policies involve individual harassment. No cyber bullying policies allow someone to be arrested and convicted for merely expressing views that other people are then offended by.

No one is forced to watch Terry Jones burn a Koran. Just as no one is forced to listen to Rashid suggest that the Constitution should be burned with lighter fluid and cyberbullying laws.

But Rashid is an example of what’s coming down the pike. And Qasim Rashid’s support for using cyberbullying laws as a trojan horse for blasphemy laws is doubly ironic as Qasim Rashid claims to be an Ahmadi, a Muslim minority group persecuted in Pakistan.

So why does Qasim Rashid wish to transplant Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to the United States, when this is one of the few countries where Ahmadi are not persecuted under religious laws?

“When a nation is at war, many things that might be said in times of peace are a hindrance to this effort,” Rashid said on March 19 at Howard University.  “And their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight and…no court can regard them as protected by any constitutional right.”

Since Islam is perpetually at war with the rest of the world, this means a perpetual ban on freedom of speech. Permanent darkness. Perpetual oppression.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Qasim Rashid is practicing to be a lawyer, but he’s not very good at it. The essence here is individual targeting. Burning a cross on your own property and broadcasting it over the internet is not a crime. Burning a cross on someone else’s property in order to harass them is.

    Rashid is trying to pretend that the two are the same. And Rashid is further trying to claim some international notion of hate crimes in which people in other countries who feel upset by some message in the United States can cry havoc and let loose the legal dogs of war.

    —–

    They're collectivists who claim Islamic men are superior AND not accountable for their behavior. The only way Jihadis can control their own behavior is through sharia by controlling others from "inciting" them to rape, destroy and so forth.

    It's perfectly consistent with Islam. They're always the victims.

    • john spielman

      To be consistent AND true, iSLAM simply is not defendable. It is a fascist ideology wrapped in the guise of religion. Islamic sharia law is an evil apartheid ideology that creates multiple levels of priviledge (or lack of) with regards to muslim males ve muslim females, nonmuslim males and at worst nonmuslim females before the courts in crimmal matters, inheritance issues, sexual abuse/rape, taxation and freedom of religion.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "To be consistent AND true, iSLAM simply is not defendable. "

        That's an excellent point that can't be made too often.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    One of the reasons why leftists and Islamists are compatible is their common hatred of western values – liberty and freedom. And everything is allowable/adjudicated to reach their goals.

    In other words, (ab)using democratic underpinnings and its laws, in this case the law against cyberbullying, is abused to reach a higher goal – the silencing of all criticism of Islam. In effect, eviscerating a core principle, freedom of speech, as long as Sharia silencing is imposed, is more than sactioned. It is lauded. This is one main reason why Islam is incompatible with western values, and why it resonates with leftists – the ends ALWAYS justify the means.

    The following is prima facie evidence of the above – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/25/redleftists-m

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • jedlex

    Being concern shouldn't be an issue. Why are there are people attacking those who only want is to give peace or advice to those who aren't capable of knowing what is right from wrong? Even if they say its freedom of speech, something is still wrong.
    I hope I can help other mothers who are experiencing this cyber-bullying also. You can just google pgguard.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Being concern shouldn't be an issue. Why are there are people attacking those who only want is to give peace or advice to those who aren't capable of knowing what is right from wrong? Even if they say its freedom of speech, something is still wrong. "

      What in creation are you babbling about?

      "I hope I can help other mothers who are experiencing this cyber-bullying also. You can just google pgguard."

      Well good luck with that. We're talking about liars posing as victims. You seem to want to help real victims.

      • Mary

        objectivefactsmatter, so contradictory. keep your subjectivity aside and stope hating others comments.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Can you explain what I questioned? Being clear doesn't matter, right. Being passive matters. Let Barry save us all. Trust Barry and the Muslim Brotherhood. Down with hate, even if ignoring it leads to the death of your entire civilization.

          That's dupe thinking. That comes from your leftist indoctrination. Believe me. I know it well. I simply had the antidote and the good sense to spit out the Kool Aid when offered time and again.

          Instead of barging in to a conversation at least try to get a minimum idea about the facts we're discussing. Islam is a religion of peace, right? That's the only "fact" you're familiar with.

  • Spikey1

    Dr. Qasim Rashid:

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  • Raymond

    Islam is darkness.

  • Ar'nun

    It is Ironic that world's biggest bully is trying to hide behind anti-bully legislation.

    Freedom of Speech was never intended to protect popular or socially accepted speech. Why would we need to protect compliments or speech majorities agree with? Freedom of Speech is clearly designed to protect speech that some people find offensive like the burning of a Quran.

  • gee59

    Islam calls for the genocide of non-Muslims – under the same legislation it should be banned.

  • Khalil Yousuf

    Sir, many jurisdictions across the world regard as unlawful acts which are designed to incite hatred. Inchoate offences (incitement, conspiracy and attempts) neither require an act to be completed nor people to be affected (voluntarily or otherwise). Accordingly having a choice about whether or not to witness a potential hate crime (as you seem to suggest) is not a robust argument for permitting it to occur.

    In a free society, people do require security and where small sections of society seek to create disorder just because they can (in the old days they would be regarded as anarchists) harms that entitlement which wider society rightly expects.

    While you may have nuanced arguments about the methodology of enforcement proposed by Dr Rashid (which I make no judgements upon), the substanwce of what he says; namely society should be protected from serious harm must surely be a view shared by those who whilst defending free exprssion also desire the rule of law and natural justice to prevail.

    As with most things in life; absolutism rarely works and we must where possible seek to find balance and rights and responsibilities that are shared by all.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Sir, many jurisdictions across the world regard as unlawful acts which are designed to incite hatred. "

      We are well aware. We're talking about the USA and we don't need ANY outside help on morality…at least not in this world.

      The second point is that you can't simply attack critics by claiming it is their "design" to "incite hatred." Not only this but it is universally acceptable to hate Nazism and fascism and soon it was be universally acceptable to hate Islam without hating individual people who unfortunately are deceived by it.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Accordingly having a choice about whether or not to witness a potential hate crime (as you seem to suggest) is not a robust argument for permitting it to occur."

      We're not talking about actual "hate crime" by anyone's definition other than liars who create drama to make themselves victims as part of the endless negotiations to expand Islamic sharia. These are merely your deceptive characterizations. It's yet another example to show why we will never respect you liars.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "In a free society, people do require security and where small sections of society seek to create disorder just because they can (in the old days they would be regarded as anarchists) harms that entitlement which wider society rightly expects."

      Now you're using communist totalitarian rhetoric. We already have law and order and until you came along we didn't have a lot of people crying bigotry because they couldn't tolerate being corrected when they lie about their ideology and the supposed history of their totalitarian religion.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "While you may have nuanced arguments about the methodology of enforcement proposed by Dr Rashid (which I make no judgements upon), the substanwce of what he says; namely society should be protected from serious harm must surely be a view shared by those who whilst defending free exprssion also desire the rule of law and natural justice to prevail. "

      This is what leads people to call for outlawing Islam. So I'd be careful about that slippery slope you're treading on. Check out jihad statistics and it's easy to show that today the most harmful speech is the same speech you hear at mosques. Be very careful.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "As with most things in life; absolutism rarely works and we must where possible seek to find balance and rights and responsibilities that are shared by all."

      Some rights are absolute you ninny. We're not collectivists. We know where that leads and will never accept it no matter how carefully you phrase your lying rhetoric.

      • Khalil Yousuf

        Thanks for your response. It is regrettably binary, doesn't address the issues raised and is scaremongering at best. Attitudes like this do not find there way into government policy and so they have little normative currency and you will always find yourself in the minority I'm afraid. Muslims like the Ahmadiyya Community whose motto is Love for All Hatred for None are making huge progress and slowly but effectively rebalancing Islams practice and perception.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "It is regrettably binary…"

          I'm glad you noticed because we're not about to be moved by a hostile alien civilization to make it easier for liars to propagate their deceptions.

          "Attitudes like this do not find there way into government policy and so they have little normative currency and you will always find yourself in the minority I'm afraid."

          That's assuming there is a need for change to free speech laws, and there is not. No currency needed. We have the constitution on our side. And if that fails, enough of us are armed and trained for the tasks required to defend our civilization. I doubt it will come to that, but any jihadis ought to think twice about the true odds of success or getting those virgins. They'll end up with neither. Or just grow up and learn to accept our laws and customs.

          "Muslims like the Ahmadiyya Community whose motto is Love for All Hatred for None are making huge progress and slowly but effectively rebalancing Islams practice and perception."

          If that was true you'd have no need to worry about "hurting Muslim feelings" and protecting them from people speaking freely about the liar Mohammed.

          • Sabrina

            you say "objectivefactsmatter" but your whole opinion is subjective in its very content. THE IRONY.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "you say "objectivefactsmatter" but your whole opinion is subjective in its very content. THE IRONY."

            Objectivity matters more than subjectivity but without judgment we won't get too far. It's not ironic at all unless your ideology is very simple.

            Furthermore, my statements are not subjective because I have the objective facts to back it up.

            You're simply clueless. And the reason he can't argue is because he knows it will lead to me dragging out all of those ugly objective facts.

            And that is why objective facts matter.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "you say "objectivefactsmatter" but your whole opinion is subjective in its very content. THE IRONY."

            I'll be waiting for your corrections.

        • Mina

          You explain yourself well, thank you :)

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "You explain yourself well, thank you :)"

            Me or the liar?

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  • Mina

    This article has bias written all over it, and the hate comments against a religion that are spurring from the words of one man show exactly that.
    I expected a better article, waste of time and just another tool for hate comments to emerge.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This article has bias written all over it…"

      Bias based on rational judgment of objective facts.

      "and the hate comments against a religion that are spurring from the words of one man show exactly that."

      I hate murderers and liars. You want to pretend they don't exist. You're part of the problem. It's not about religion. It's about aggressive totalitarian liars and their dupes like you.

      Being nice and diplomatic failed. in case you didn't notice. Talks have to end at some point when your enemies still continue to kill your populations.

      What's wrong with you dupes? Prove me wrong.

  • lawyers birmingham

    This tactic is a double edged sword. If it's good enough for this clown, it's good enough for Pam Geller.

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    Cyber bullying has become a serious problem these days and the cyber owner has to take some serious action against the cyber crimes.